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Spring fitness essentials: The best fitness gadgets and gear

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Spring fitness gadgets, gear and more

Spring is the perfect time to refresh your fitness routine. We suggest slipping on a new pair of running shoes to pound dirt trails, updating your swimwear, stocking up on nutrition bars made for women and shaping up to the latest fitness DVDs for the days you work out at home. To help you breathe new life into your regular workouts, here are our top picks for fitness gadgets, gear and more.

Nayad SwimGym Aqua Sportswear

Nayad SwimGym Aqua Sportswear

(nayadswimgym.com, prices vary)

We recommend anything from Nayad SwimGym Sportswear! This line of transitional, multipurpose athletic bathing suits is ideal for any activity, in or out of the water. By merging athletic and dancewear designs with fashionable, quick-drying spandex, Nayad has created a new category of amphibious apparel constructed specifically for the moving body. Produced on St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, this functional sportswear comes in a variety of colors, styles and cuts. Check it out -- you won't be disappointed.

Ful Yoga Bag

(ful.com, $90)

If you've got yoga on your spring agenda, you've got to get the new yoga bag from Ful (pronounced "fuel"), a fab travel and lifestyle accessories brand. Available in bright blue, black and earthy green, this yoga bag sports a large main storage compartment, seat-belt webbing handles, easy-access front slip pocket, an inner organizer, and a zipper and drawstring closure. Best yet, it comes with a yoga mat that fits nicely in the back of the bag. Every time you head out to a class, you'll have plenty of room to tote your water bottle, nutrition bar, fitness towel and a change of clothes.

The Girls Apparel Tummy Control Criss Cross Capri

(thegirlsapparel.com, $33)

If you're looking for stylish workout wear for your spring fitness, slip on a pair of The Girls Apparel Tummy Control Criss Cross Capris, a celebrity favorite worn by Katie Holmes, Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz, Kristen Cavallari and Hilary Duff. In addition to featuring a contrasting color waistband, these fashionable and slimming capris feature the company's trademarked Blu-Tec Control System, which delivers exceptional control and support. Capris come in three color combinations: black/white, black/lime and black/hot pink.

Street by 50 In-Ear Wired Headphones

Street by 50 In-Ear Wired Headphones

(smsby50.com, $120)

You might not be able to mimic 50 Cent’s workout bod or rap In Da Club on a treadmill without wheezing, but you can listen to music the same way he does at the gym. 50’s new Street by 50 in-ear wired headphones from SMS Audio are ergonomically designed to give you the perfect fit, with studio-quality sound. The cord is reinforced, featuring a flat design to eliminate twisting, tangling and knotting. The headphones also feature an Apple control microphone with volume control so you can control the volume of any device or take advantage of the full controls -- volume, fast-forward, rewind, track skip -- if using with iPhone, iPad or iPod devices.

HeadsUp Lite 2620 Headlamp

HeadsUp Lite 2620 Headlamp

(amazon.com, $29)

This is another must-have fitness accessory if you prefer the dark hours to pound pavement. The 2620 is a hybrid LED/Xenon hands-free headlamp is essentially a hands-free flashlight that lights your way and makes you visible to cars. It offers a Xenon lamp for intense bright light as well as three LEDs to conserve battery life. The multi-angle pivoting head allows you to adjust the light where you need it. The HeadsUp Lite 2620 is perfect for running, walking, biking, hiking, camping or for any task that requires both hands.

SIGG Urban Camo Pink Bottle

SIGG Urban Camo Pink Bottle

(mysigg.com, $25)

The coolest chick SIGG bottle yet, the pink camo reusable bottle is our favorite to stay hydrated when on the trail, at the gym and throughout the day to quench thirst. Made of a single piece of aluminum, all of SIGG's bottles are ultra-lightweight but surprisingly rugged and crack-resistant. Best yet, these reusable water bottles are BPA- and phthalate-free, recyclable, resistant to build-up and easy to clean.

Salonpas Gel Patch Hot

Salonpas Gel Patch Hot

(salonpas.us, $7)

It happens every year: We emerge from our winter sluggishness and think we can work out as long and hard as we did at the end of last fall. The result, until we recondition ourselves, is achy joints and muscles. Salonpas to the rescue. The Salonpas Gel Patch contains menthol and capsaicin, both powerful pain relievers. Don't worry about the patch slipping off -- the advanced gel patch technology stays in place and offers 8 hours of targeted relief. The patch is available in regular and large sizes to fit your specific pain area.

Roux Maison Sport Detergent

Roux Maison Sport Detergent

(rouxmaison.com, $17 for 16-ounce bottle)

Extend the life of your workout wear by washing them with a detergent formulated especially for sports fabrics. Roux Maison Sports Detergent, available in fragrance-free, ambrosia and sweet tea scents, utilizes natural ingredients and essential oils that are synthetic- and preservative-free to eliminate dirt, odor and bacteria while maintaining the elasticity and moisture-wicking qualities of high-performance fabrics.

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